Bentley Edwards is the eldest Bookout baby, but he’s also the big brother of many younger siblings! His father, Ryan Edwards, recently welcomed a baby girl with his wife Mackenzie Edwards. Bentley spends time with both his mom and his dad’s families, but that can also mean he gets stuck in the middle of issues between Maci Bookout and Ryan.
Lately, Ryan’s sobriety has been a point of contention in the Bookout/Edwards households, and Bently has a few words on the matter…
Maci Bookout struggled to co-parent with Ryan Edwards from the very beginning. But things took a sharp turn when Ryan began struggling with an addiction to opiates, including heroin. Although Ryan and his family were in deep denial about his use, Maci was very outspoken about it. And given that Ryan was filmed high on more than one occasion, there was no denying what was really going on.
Since then, Ryan has had more than one stint in rehab to get clean, and emerged last season seeming to have a grip on his addiction. But unfortunately, according to some fans, Ryan may have relapsed.
“Scabs all over his head and chin. All jittery. Ryan is not sober. And his family is ignoring it and MTV is paying him to be a trainwreck,” a tweet shared on reddit reads.
Maci addressed these concerns in a recent episode of Teen Mom.
“Bentley’s birthday party was a couple weeks ago and I’m still concerned about Ryan’s sobriety,” Maci said in a voiceover. “But I only allow Bentley to see him when he’s with [his parents] Jen and Larry, so I know he’s safe.”
In the clip, and she and Taylor discuss their concerns.
“In my opinion, he was 100% not sober,” Maci said.
“I wouldn’t call you crazy if you thought that,” Taylor agreed. “Part of that’s just because it’s happened so many times. It’s not a knock on him. You have to think that way because it’s your son.”
So, during this week’s episode, we learned more about how Bentley has been dealing with the whole situation.
“New big brother!” Maci said in the episode after Bentley returned from meeting his newest sister, Stella.
“It’s kind of crazy,” Bentley said, after saying that Stella was adorable.
“All these little kids, a big job,” Taylor asked. “Can you handle it?”